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Dalian Urban Planning Centre

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Dalian, China
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2011
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Dalian, China, 2011

The key design elements of the new Dalian Urban Planning Centre focus on providing optimum integration with the surroundings, easy accessibility and the ideal interrelation of office and exhibition functions. An interwoven organisation simultaneously generates fluid access to exhibition areas for the public and a highly efficient working environment within one building. As a means of achieving a public building in the true sense of the word, the new Dalian UPC pulls public access into the building by means of a public plaza, which forms a continuation of People’s Park and a building mass that floats on a more than two-storey high piloti space. A central void designed as a ‘vertical funnel’ that hovers over the public plaza further serves to integrate public access, while a continuous public circulation loop is strategically threaded through the entire complex.

The floating mass of the building becomes a compact single object, not reflecting the common notion of a municipal office building, but rather expressing itself as a single dynamic presence – organised efficiently and enhancing contemporary methods of working creatively, whilst manifesting itself as a bustling centre of urban planning within the city. The exhibition concept and the array of display spaces combine the past, the present and the future of Dalian planning. UNStudio

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